death·​ly | \ ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio) \

Definition of deathly

1 : fatal
2 : of, relating to, or suggestive of death a deathly pallor

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deathly adverb

Synonyms for deathly


dead, deadly, mortal, mortuary

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Examples of deathly in a Sentence

A deathly silence filled the room. his deathly pallor suggested that any attempt to find a pulse would be futile

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Current Time 0:00 Duration Time 0:00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 Trailer Part 1 of the film will be released Nov. 19, 2010. Chris Kohler, WIRED, "Deathly Hallows Trailer Shows Darker, Bloodier Harry Potter," 28 June 2010

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First Known Use of deathly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deathly was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of deathly

: relating to or seeming like death : causing you to think of death


death·​ly | \ ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio) \

Kids Definition of deathly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or suggesting death The crowd became deathly silent.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox



Kids Definition of deathly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a way suggesting death deathly pale

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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